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Life Is a Miracle (2004)

Zivot je cudo (original title)
What could be better for the village than a scenic railway to bring in the tourists? What could be worse for tourism than war? Luka builds the railway and shuts his eyes to war. Then Luka's wife runs off with a musician and his son is called up to the army. Luka's life is a war zone. Then he meets Sabaha..

Director:

Emir Kusturica

Writers:

Ranko Bozic (scenario and dialogue), Emir Kusturica (scenario and dialogue)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Slavko Stimac ... Luka
Natasa Tapuskovic Natasa Tapuskovic ... Sabaha (as Natasa Solak)
Vesna Trivalic Vesna Trivalic ... Jadranka
Vuk Kostic Vuk Kostic ... Milos
Aleksandar Bercek ... Veljo
Stribor Kusturica Stribor Kusturica ... Captain Aleksic
Nikola Kojo ... Filipovic
Mirjana Karanovic ... Nada
Branislav Lalevic Branislav Lalevic ... President
Davor Janjic Davor Janjic ... Tomo
Adnan Omerovic ... Eso
Obrad Djurovic Obrad Djurovic ... Vujan
Nele Karajlic Nele Karajlic ... Cymbal Player (as Dr. Nelle Karajlic)
Dana Todorovic Dana Todorovic ... SF TV Reporter (as Danica Todorovic)
Vanessa Glodjo Vanessa Glodjo ... Nurse 1 (as Vanesa Glodjo)
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Storyline

What could be better for the village than a scenic railway to bring in the tourists? What could be worse for tourism than war? Luka builds the railway and shuts his eyes to war. Then Luka's wife runs off with a musician and his son is called up to the army. Luka's life is a war zone. Then he meets Sabaha.. Written by Aline

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Comedy | Romance | Music | Drama | War

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Country:

Serbia | France | Italy

Language:

Serbian | English | German | Hungarian

Release Date:

14 May 2004 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,993,736
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The BBFC originally requested cuts to a scene where a cat attacks a live pigeon. The cut was waived before release after director Emir Kusturica provided the censors with evidence that the scene was faked and the bird was not hurt. See more »

Goofs

The movie was shot along a narrow gauge railway but Mayor Radovan arrives to the village on a normal gauge railcar. (00:07:38-00:09:33) See more »

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Spoofed in We Are Not Angels 2 (2005) See more »

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A remarkable movie in Kusturica's style
23 May 2004 | by dragosiulianSee all my reviews

I think this movie won't surprise anyone who has already seen another movie by this great film-maker: it is the same place (Blakans) and style as we are used to. If you liked his other movies, you will surely like this one too.

The story develops around a small bosnian village, where the lives of his inhabitants are changed by the war that shattered Bosnia 12 years ago. So far nothing extraordinary, but what makes his movies different are the atmosphere and life that springs out of every image.

There are two levels at which you can perceive this movie: the first is the rational level: the story, the gags (as in all his movies, humor has a central part) and so on. The second might be called irrational, because it has to do with identification and feelings: you are taken out of your seat and are part of what happens on the screen. Drama is placed very closely to comedy, and sometimes the change is so sudden your laughs freeze on your face. This I guess is the landmark of this movie: dramatic scenes build upon, and increase their strength from, funny scenes. After all, nothing can be taken seriously in the Balkans :-)

I won't say too much about the story, partly because I don't want to spoil your fun, partly because I feel it's unimportant. Suffice to say that the war is presented only by its "reflection" in peoples lives -- this is what matters most in Kusturica's view. There are no battle scenes.

I think the only thing I can reproach is that once or twice I felt the gags were exaggerated, a bit unnatural. But all Kusturica's movies have a dose of fantastic, so this is not a real problem.

I cannot end without pointing out the great performance of the lead actor, Slavko Stimac (Luka). All in all, I would strongly recommend this movie.


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